Sarah Everard: Reclaim These Streets leads candlelit vigils on doorsteps across UK to remember women lost to violence
Written by Hitmix News on 14 March 2021
Candlelit vigils have taken place on doorsteps across the country in memory of Sarah Everard, and all women affected by and lost to violence.
Ahead of the nationwide event, held at 9.30pm on Saturday, the Reclaim These Streets group said: “We aren’t just lighting a candle for the women we’ve lost – we have been inspired by the women who have reached out, and hope this is just the start of a movement that will light a fire for change.”
Boris Johnson and his partner Carrie Symonds were among those who lit a candle for Ms Everard, a 33-year-old marketing executive who went missing on 3 March.
Image: A candle was placed outside 10 Downing Street
The prime minister said he was thinking of her family and friends, adding: “I cannot imagine how unbearable their pain and grief is. We must work fast to find all the answers to this horrifying crime.
“I will do everything I can to make sure the streets are safe and ensure women and girls do not face harassment or abuse.”
The doorstep vigil came hours after hundreds of people gathered at Clapham Common in south London, not far from where Sarah went missing, despite a planned event being cancelled because it risked breaching lockdown rules.
Those scenes were replicated in towns and cities across the UK, with people coming together to call for violence against women to be taken seriously – and for measures to be taken in order for women to feel safe in public spaces.
Image: The murder of Sarah Everard has sparked a public outcry Image: People light candles outside the Scottish Parliament Image: A Cambridge University student organised a vigil for students on King’s Parade Image: ‘Sarah deserved to be safe,’ one placard at a gathering in Nottingham said Image: A large crowd gathered at the bandstand on Clapham Common after the Reclaim These Streets vigil was cancelled Image: Bouquets of flowers have been left on Clapham Common – not far from where Sarah Everard went missing Image: Woman lay flowers on the steps of the Parkinson Building at the University of Leeds in West Yorkshire Image: People gathered in cities across the county – including in Bristol Image: Events have also been held virtually ahead of Mother’s Day on Sunday Image: On Clapham Common, a large crowd held up the torches on their mobile phones – shining a light to remember Sarah Everard Image: Women hold up placards outside the Senedd in Cardiff Image: Candles, messages and flowers were left on the steps of the Parkinson Building at the University of Leeds in West Yorkshire Image: Three women light candles in Bournemouth